We are continuing on with the series about what mistakes injured people make in personal injury cases. Workers’ compensation or work-injury cases are included in this area of personal injury law. This area I really like and when simple mistakes are made that destroy the value of your case, I get frustrated with how most of this could be avoided. When you make a serious mistake, sometimes we can fix the problem, but most of the time lawyers simply refuse to take the case because your mistake simply can't be fixed. In the past two years I have settled for half value at least three cases where the clients made serious blunders that should have been avoided if we’d been hired at the outset.
Let me help you to avoid being a victim of your own poor judgment.
- Fail to report the injury to your supervisor within 90 days of the injury date
- Fail to accurately report the injury and in terms that how you were injured is clear
- Fail to get legal advice before giving a recorded statement
- Giving a recorded statement and talking too much about things having nothing to do with the accident or injury
- Failing to give the first doctor the same description as the one you gave your supervisor about how you got injured
After you commit any one of these five sins your case can go south. In workers’ compensation there are so many ways to screw up your case that for me to cover them all would take a month of Sundays. What I would suggest is you hire a lawyer to help you to stay out of trouble.
Good luck with your case.
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